PHOTO GALLERY: A day full of celebration, colour and collaboration was enjoyed by thousands in Ryde today (Saturday) during the first ever Isle of Wight Pride event.

The inaugural outing for the locally-organised event kicked off with a vibrant parade of love through the streets of Ryde. Crowds of people turned out to participate in and watch the Pride Parade, which made its way from Ryde School on Queens Road down through Union Street and along the Esplanade.

It’s at Eastern Gardens where the celebrations were continued throughout the afternoon. A special beach arena played host to a number of top acts with performances from the likes of La Voix, Miss Jason, The Freemasons and Bunker Girls, to name a view.

Cross-Solent operator Hovertravel joined in with the celebrations by not only dressing staff and the craft for the occasion, but putting on a special charter to transport the main stage acts across the water straight to the Pride Arena.

Local action groups, political parties and those raising community awareness sat alongside a host of food and drink outlets throughout the Pride Village, which sold out with a maximum of 5,000 guests.

Hampshire Constabulary displayed their ‘LAGLO’ Pride car (pictured above) and firefighters from Ryde Fire Station also showed their support. Island MP Bob Seely and High Sheriff Ben Rouse were also present.

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